When the holiday season hits, scents like fir trees, peppermint candies, and sugar cookies reign supreme. While I love all of those things that make the holidays special, I personally don't find the candle form all that appealing. But this year, I'll be trading in my everyday candles for the Bath & Body Works Champagne Toast Scented Candle ($20). The holiday-appropriate packaging opens up with the type of light, effervescent scent that I typically gravitate toward. Champagne notes mingle with juicy hints of nectarine and black currant. And if that's an excuse for more clinking champagne glasses, I'm all for it.
As much attention we pay to the ingredients in our beauty products, the first hurdle any concoction must pass is the scent test; and Moroccanoil has one of our favorites. The warm and nutty fragrance of the beauty brand's hair products leaves us sniffing our strands for days (which can sometimes garner weird looks from strangers). And now, much to our delight, this scent has been captured in candle form. Moroccanoil's Candle ($52) has a rich, woodsy smell that works just as well in bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms as it does on the hair and body. So, Moroccanoil, let's talk about perfume . . .
Summer is the perfect time for a Sicilian getaway, but even if you don't make it overseas, Nest Fragrances' newest scent is the next best thing. The Sicilian Tangerine Classic Candle ($34) is a brand-new fragrance to join the brand's Core Collection. Juicy notes of tangerine and bergamot add a splash of vibrance, while hints of passion fruit and mango give the scent a tropical feel. It's just the right blend to fill the hot Summer air with something fun and refreshing. Whether you're hosting a Summer bash or just want to transport to an island state of mind, strike a match, and you'll be there.
Home fragrances like candles are one of beauty's more luxurious products, and for good reason. There's nothing better than striking a match, lighting a candle, and settling down for some beauty rest after a long day . . . especially if you've got a candle like Aerin's Sky Flower Candle ($58). Part of Aerin's Home Fragrance Collection, which was created in conjunction with Nest Fragrances, Sky Flower evokes the scent of a lush garden bouquet. Notes of gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, and magnolia mesh playfully with hints of bergamot and bourbon vanilla, making this candle the ultimate buy for floral lovers. And as if that weren't enough, Sky Flower is packaged in a gorgeous box that's more keepsake than clutter. And once the wax is gone, you can use the frosted blue glass holder to house its own floral bouquet, making this a candle that comes full circle.
Believe it or not, Ke$ha and candles have something in common. Nest has released a collection of three candles, aptly dubbed the After Midnight Collection, that were inspired by the pop rock singer's tune "Take It Off." The candles are separate in both scent and time of night, spanning from One O'Clock to Two O'Clock to, my favorite, Three O'Clock ($34). A scent labeled "Exotic Woods," Three O'Clock has notes of sandalwood, warm amber, frankinscense, and smoldering embers. The candle burns for 50 hours and, when lit, releases a scent that is both heart racing and soothing at the same time. Strike a match and slip into something a little more comfortable . . .
It's an interesting concept, and certainly as a piece of art it hits close to home for those of us who hold the printed word sacred, but do you think you'd be interested in giving it a smell?